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"The greatest gift that we have as human beings is our ability to empathize." These words are attributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. Empathy is just one of the big topics covered in the MomsRising blog posts this past week. Check out the top five blogs posts, comment on the stories and share them with your friends and family.

KristinRoweFinkbeiner#RADIO Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

The guests were on fire this week! And no wonder--the topics they discussed are headline news. We heard experts on health insurance for children in Texas, the child tax credit and Moral Mondays in North Carolina. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American; Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, Texas office of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF); Reverend Curtis Everette Gatewood, North Carolina NAACP; Wendy Cervantes, Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights Policy for First Focus were the expert guests.

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MimiGarciaA Chance to Be Part of History and Help Get Texas Covered

The Lone Star State has over four million uninsured Texans who are eligible for heath coverage through the health insurance marketplace. Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director of Get Covered America, highlights the impact of the Affordable Care Art for Texans and the need for outreach to get everyone who's eligible enrolled in this post.


RachelLascer#DoubleBooked: Reflections On My Working Father

Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, sees the Family and Medical Leave Act as a step in the right direction. She writes about paternity leave in this post and the importance of a supportive partner for working moms.


OdileFredericksAnticipation: Snow Day and Fair Workplace Policies

Fair workplace policies were highlighted in the president’s State of the Union and in the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Even though some progress has been made, there is still work to be done on the fair pay front. Odile Fredericks, a mom and web editor for, encourages the president and Congress to work together to solve this particular issue in a post for MomsRising.


LinaAcostaSandaalMy Buddha Daughter and Her Emotional Mother

Even if mothers and daughters are different, they teach each other life lessons. Lina Acosta Sandaal, program director of The Nest in Miami, experienced this with her own daughter and blogged about the experience in this post.

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